Thanks for your reply, Bob. With a Windows Home Server (WHS) full client restore, the drivers needed for your system are supposed to be saved in a special directory. This isn't always the case, though. In recent weeks I've had one success and one failure. In case you're curious, I'll try to briefly explain.
Problem #1 is that the WHS boot CD for client restores is in 32-bit form, so for 64-bit systems a new version of the CD needs to be downloaded and burned in bootable form. I got that part taken care of.
Problem #2 -- Many people trying a WHS client restore have posted in various forums indicating there's no driver loaded for their network card; this was also the case with me. When the WHS bootable client recovery disc doesn't find the drivers it needs, it stops and provides the opportunity to plug-in a USB drive with the drivers for the system being restored, which you'd presumably obtain from the manufacturer's web site using a different working computer. But when you go to the manufacturer's web site to obtain the drivers, with my limited experiences it seems the drivers usually are provided as a .exe file that wants to "install" them. Of course, you can't do this with a system you're trying to recover. Or is there a "trick" to this issue that I just don't understand?
Having this issue for the first time, I used a different working computer and performed the "install" of the .exe file hoping I'd be able to locate where the driver files were recorded, and then I'd just copy the .sys files to a USB drive, plug it into the client being restored, and then WHS would be able to proceed. That didn't work, though; perhaps I copied the wrong files. So out of frustration, I opened the last good back-up and copied all the .sys files I could find (there were hundreds of them) anywhere within/below the c:\windows\system32 directory.
With a Lenovo ThinkPad I was trying to restore, copying all the .sys files worked (dumb luck, I guess), and the full WHS client recovery was successful. But the same technique didn't work for a Samsung Netbook.
By the way ... Perhaps it was just more dumb luck, but the working system I used for "installing" the .exe file with the drivers I needed isn't suffering any ill effects I can see. No, I am NOT saying that was an acceptable/correct method. As I said, it must have been dumb luck.
Drivers are a major weak area with me. The necessary solutions here are probably simple for highly experienced users, but I've been just stumped when it comes to this common piece of advice I see regarding Windows full installs and system recoveries: "Have a disc handy with a copy of all of your system's drivers." On a working system, I've never known exactly where to find just the specific drivers I need.
If you can reply with some generic advice, thanks very, very much. Have a happy New Year and many thanks again for the D-Link DIR-655 router you once recommended to me.